Book Cover Trends: Floral Designs

Floral prints on book covers are nothing new or special. They´ve been around for quite some time now but it seems like the book marketing department has set a new trend for book cover art.

Florals. And the floral trend is growing like wildflowers.

From pastel to bold, simple or chaotic… Flowerets are slowly dominating book covers. Gone are the tough cookie Heroines standing on a cliff from our beloved YA fantasy novels. Long forgotten are the days of having to see a cover image of cute couples cuddling against a fence. It´s all about the secret language of flowers nowadays.

But why use floral designs for book covers? Why use a lilac, a rose, or a baroque bouquet image? Well, as you may already know, flowers symbolize different things such as happiness, wealth, beauty, positivity and even death. In literature, though, flowers are often associated with love and passion… Basically what you´d most likely find in romances. It´s 2019 and we´re seeing floral images not only on romances but on nearly all kinds of fiction ( and even non-fiction) books. These days designers are using florals for a few reasons:

  • They´re story bound
  • They symbolize a theme ( depending on the flower type )
  • Marketing wants to keep it neutral and exciting
  • They´re trendy

 

For me, floral designs on book covers tell me I´m about to get my hands on something romantic.  It feels like a dead giveaway. I mean- For a non-flower expert like myself, a flower/flowers symbolizes love. And depending on the color theme and flower type on a book cover you can sort of tell in which direction the story will go. Unless I´m standing in a different genre section I´ll associate floral designs with romance.

Personally, I´m not a huge fan of floral book cover art but I´m also not against seeing colorful flowers on a book cover, either. It truly depends on the cover art and color theme for me. I have my favorites. I´ve also seen some hideous designs. Remember- A book cover should always look inviting.

The only thing I fully appreciate about floral cover designs is the fact that they´re semi-neutral. Not as in genre neutral. When I say neutral I mean that I´m not having a character image shoved in my face nor can I predict the story ( including its ending ). You know you´re getting something but you can´t read anything more into the cover.

Since this trend is spreading like weed wildflowers I decided to share some floral art from a few genres. Are you ready?


 

#1  Flowers For Fantasy

 

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Would I have thought these were fantasy novels based on the cover art alone?

Not really. If it weren´t for the book titles I would definitely think all six were romances. Okay, the crown on the fourth cover does indicate that it´s a fantasy novel but the rest? Nope. Not without the help of the titles.

Would these covers stop me in a bookstore? It´s hard to say. Although they´re all cool and beautiful to look at… The images are also very busy. Maybe if one of these were between simple colored covers.

 


 

#2  Flowerful Historicals

 

Floral Covers Historical

 

Would I have thought these were historical novels based on the cover art alone?

Yes. No. I´m leaning more towards possibly. Again, some of the images are modern and pretty neutral so the help of a title is needed in order to pinpoint the genre. And not even that is fully possible with these historicals. The fifth cover image is a dead giveaway without the title but the rest could easily pass for contemporary romances or even thrillers.

 

Would these covers stop me in a bookstore?

The second and third cover images would. Because of the stronger color contrast. The rest looks beautiful but I don´t think they´re powerful enough to stand out from other covers. Too dark and mundane for me.

 


 


 

#3 The Romance Flowers

 

Floral Covers Romance

 

 

Would I have thought these were romance novels based on the cover art alone?

Yes. This flower arrangement is typical for romance novels. A close up on a single flower with a contrasting background ( #1, #2, #3, #6 ). The floral design on #4 is a wildflower bouquet in the shape of a human heart… Yes, please!

( ignore the fact that `The Stationery Shop` cover doesn´t really belong in this genre as it´s historical, cultural fiction )

 

Would these covers stop me in a bookstore?

Some would. I have 4 of these beauties already on my bookshelf. #3 is my favorite book & book cover.  If I´m honest- the cover for #6 looks a lot like a book on how to garden ( and I avoid those books with a passion )

 


 

#4  Erotica Florals

 

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Would I have thought these were erotica novels based on the cover art alone?

Oh, absolutely. These images / the designs represent the erotica genre. I could tell from a mile away that these are erotica novels. These covers are clean and simple in a very feminine way… Nothing like the complicated stories they´re trying to sell.

Many are used to seeing other objects, such as pearls, bedsheets, bedposts, lingerie, silk, lingerie, handcuffs and whips on erotica book covers. Anything that can be associated with relationships or sex. A single flower with a black background will always be apart of the long list of favorite cover images for this genre. Do I think the flowers have anything to do with the story? Or are there any flowers in these erotica novels? To be honest- I have yet to come across an erotica novel that mentions a flower, flower arrangements or even has a bouquet in it. So, I don´t think so.

 

Would these covers stop me in a bookstore?

Yes, but not in a positive way. While these cover images tick off all the right boxes for me ( color contrast, easy on the eyes, etc ) I do think they´re outdated. There are other sensual color themes that can be used for the genre. I would like to see something less blunt.

 


 

#5  Thriller & Mystery Florals

 

Floral Covers Thrillers and Mystery

 

Would I have thought these were Thriller / Mystery novels based on the cover art alone?

Most of the cover images here are obvious. For me, #1, #4 and #5 scream Thriller or Mystery. Thriller cover art often has a specific filter over the images to make them look more mysterious. So, yes. I would have thought some of these floral images were for thrillers or mystery novels. If you look at title and image then you know what you´re getting ( almost ).

 

Would these covers stop me in a bookstore?

Yes! Even if I´m not much of a thriller reader I can still appreciate beautiful, eye-catchy covers. If it were up to me every romance would have this type of design because I find it appealing. I think I´m going to put cover feature #4 and #5 on my TBR list.

 


 

So you see… Florals are everywhere.

All in all I´m not mad about flowers on book covers. As long as I don´t have reals ones in the house then all´s good.

 


 

What is your opinion on floral book covers? Do you like or dislike them? Do you think they work for all genres? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat with you. ❤

 


 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I hope you enjoyed.

Many hugs,

 

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Surviving `Beautiful Creatures`The Movie

Oops. I guess I´m 6 years too late for this one.

 

 

I remember how I got all excited in 2013 when I found out about the book to movie adaptation but it somehow slipped my mind that one of my favorite YA Fantasy reads was in theaters. The perks of being old- You automatically turn into Dory from Finding Nemo. Thanks to the suggestions based on my daughter´s Netflix movie tastes I was reminded once again that `Beautiful Creatures` had been made into a movie.

 

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Let me give you a walkthrough on how my `Beautiful Creatures` movie experience went. It all started with the husbutt actually wanting to watch the movie with me. Oookay. Fine by me. So, we started. And the first thing husbutt says is:

“Wait a second. You have that book, don´t you?”

How very observant of him. Yes. I have the book. I actually have `Beautiful Creatures` ( book #1 ) and `Beautiful Darkness`( book #2) on my bookshelf. One is a paperback and the other is a hardcover ( which really doesn´t sit well with me ).

“What´s the story about again?” He asked.

My inner Dory then made another appearance again because I only had a rough idea of what the story was about. Who can blame me after having first and last read the books after they were published back in 2010 ( give or take a year )? Exactly.

“Uuhm, Young Adult. Teenagers having witchy issues.”

My communication skills can´t be topped. But to my defense- I was munching on Doritos. Speaking too much could cause a chip flake to go down the wrong pipe. Death by Doritos doesn´t seem too bad. Knowing `Beautiful Creatures` would be my last movie if I had choked on a Dorito? I wasn´t willing to take that risk.

So, we started the movie knowing it was about witches. And we watched. And watched. Turns out, I didn´t forget all too much about the book. How did I know?

Because I was constantly complaining about the things that weren´t included in the movie. Small yet significant details that made the book great- The things that made the characters great.

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The book.

Without wanting to spoil the movie ( or book, for that matter ) I won´t get into details but I will say this: That library scene, the first of quite a few, had me rolling on the floor gasping for air.  And that curse threat? I can gladly inform everyone that it was not all too life-threatening. Not for me, nor for the movie characters. In fact- It felt like some useless side info.

What I did appreciate was the tiny `Carrie` moment the female lead had in the beginning. A little more of those scenes would have done wonders for this movie.

So, with all that being said, I didn´t like `Beautiful Creatures`, the movie. Like – At all. It was as dry and very non-curse driven. It was far less mysterious or magical.

My husband´s final words were:

” Imagine going to the butchers and asking for a nice slab of ribs then watching the butcher slam the meat very unlovingly on the work counter. That´s how this movie felt: A book to movie adaptation thrown unlovingly to the crowd.”  And he didn´t read the book.

The book, though, is really great. Much darker than the movie. It has depth and keeps a reader in an upright position until the very last page. One of the few YA Fantasy reads I truly adore.

Let´s keep our fingers crossed for the next book – to – movie adaptation!


 

Did you watch `Beautiful Creatures`? Did you read the book? Let´s discuss it. ❤


 

I hope you all have a wonderful day. Feel hugged and share the book-love!

 

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Mr. Male Protagonist, Why Do You Growl?

Romance readers will know about this. Erotica fans are familiar with it. Even Young Adult lovers have seen this occasionally in their beloved innocent books.

 

Growling male protagonists

 

A reaction from a male character in fiction novels triggered mostly by jealousy and / or approval.  But why?

Let´s do a quick run down on living beings that growl

 

  • animals

 

That´s it. Growling is a low, guttural vocalization produced by predatory animals as an aggressive warning but can also be found in other contexts such as playful behaviors or mating ( thanks Wiki * wink * )

So, why are we reading about CEOs, lumberjacks, bad boys and the hot quarterbacks in contemp. romance / young adult / erotica novels growling when it´s clearing an animalistic behaviorism?

 

 

(Warning: Interesting short fun fact ahead)

If you hadn´t known already, there are similarities between human body language and animal behavior. It´s actually interesting to know how human body language resembles the non verbal communication of animals. We can be cocky like cats, we signal aggression like dogs by baring our teeth and we gesture like apes. ( end of fun fact )

And this is okay. To describe a man´s movement by comparing him to a panther isn´t a problem. Sounding like a panther is.

Do we growl? Like actually growl? And what has authors thinking growling is an acceptable reaction? And why is it only male characters who growl?

I´m one of those readers who can get completely lost in a book. Once I´m invested then that´s it- I´m all in. I´m also the type that reads and fails to see someone else´s logic no matter how poetic it may be.

 

“He let out a growl…”

 

A line that has come up in almost all of my novels that have territorial Heroes. Aah, that word: Territorial. Another word that´s often associated with male protagonists. They are territorial. Sure. Why the hell not, right? It´s supposedly hot to read about a guy growling his way in to a woman´s knickers.

10 years, people…. I´ve spent 10 years of questioning this in romance novels and have only recently asked myself what I would do if a male would growl near me. Would this even happen in real life?

 

My first thought and facial expression would be, without a doubt, this, should a man ever growl in public:

 

The thought alone of the husbutt growling his approval when seeing me in a dress would definitely earn him this reaction from me:

 

And should he ever growl because he´s jealous then I might have to use physical education:

 

This is not to say that growling should be banned from all modern romance literature. Growling works beautifully for fictional characters in paranormal romances and fantasy novels or (!!!) for contemporary romances that involve male characters who´ve once been feral children that have had been forced by nature to adapt to wildlife and animals- Technically, they´re allowed to growl.

“I heard a low threatening growl from somewhere in the room. It was him.”

 

Me when I read that line in a contemp. romance novel

 

So, my question is:

Mr. Male Protagonist,

Why do you growl? Why not just smile with pride, use a great comeback line,.. or how about moaning? If you´re going to do something during your less animalistic sex then you shouldn´t growl.


QUESTION Of The Day:

Am I alone with my thoughts? Do men these days growl? Have you ever heard of a female character in novels growl? What are your thoughts? Does a growling male protagonist bother you? What do you think about growling in general?

Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments below. ❤


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: A Quiet Kind Of Thunder – Sara Barnard

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Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.


My Thoughts 2

Nevermind the fact that I had the song `Thunder`by Imagine Dragons stuck in my head while reading this book…. Just ignore that. This isn´t about my own person torture ( although, I do find that song cute. Just not while I´m trying to concentrate on a story)

Let me just say one thing:  LOVE!

That pretty much sums up my feelings for `A Quiet Kind Of Thunder` by Sara Barnard.

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She doesn´t speak. He´s deaf. They connect. And from there on a reader is put on a ride that´s so cute it stinks to high heaven!

By all that´s pink and fluffy, I wasn´t able to handle so much awesomeness all at once. It´s like seeing a box filled with kittens and you just adore them to bits from afar but when you get closer you want to take all of them home and love them for the rest of their lives!

That is how I felt with these characters.

The idea of the story is perfect. Take flawed characters and have them fall for each other. Have them learn how to deal with their fears and learn how to appreciate themselves.

There is no exaggerated drama or evil threat involved in this book. It´s about love.

This isn´t an instalove story. It´s a story about a first love and the obstacles that come along with that first love while having disabilities.

I´ve read quite a few romance novels that had carried the same theme but none of those books come close to `A Quiet Kind Of Thunder`.

Now, let´s shove the fluff aside and begin with the nitty gritty. The real message the story wants to deliver ( and successfully does, in my opinion ).

While this is an absolute cute read it isn´t lighthearted. In fact- this book has themes included that aren´t so lovey dovey. Death and anxiety. And it´s also super educational. It wasn´t hard for me to tell that the author did her homework. Very detailed but not in a medical way. The author took great care in describing the Heroine´s feelings, which I appreciated. I don´t suffer from anxiety or panic attacks but when you accompany Steffi on her journey you can´t help but feel the reality of her pain. It feels realistic. I felt for her. Just as much as I felt for Rhys, the Hero. The author did a wonderful job and for that I cannot thank her enough.

As for Rhys…Dear Laawd, I loved that boy ( okay. That sounds creepy coming from Mrs. Robinson here ).

I think what I appreciated most was how true to life the whole story was. That when young people deal with their firsts in life, nothing goes smoothly. Because the reality is: when going through your firsts ( I´m refering to everything a teenager can experience for the first time ) there´s going to be a truck load of awkward moments. The author should receive a standing ovation for trying to “tell it how it really is” instead of painting out awkward situations to be something that has to be perfect.

Being in love feels awkward. Having sex for the first time is awkward. Fighting for the first time is awkward. This couple..they were awkward and lovable and just… perfect, despite their imperfections.

This is a story about how love does NOT conquer all. This is a story about growth and change. It´s about having a voice even if you can´t speak. It´s about the ability to listen even if you can hear.

Bah. * throws kitchen towel * I´m in love. That´ll have to do for now.


Would I recommend this book? Yes! Anyone up for a YA feel real teenage romance with imperfect kiddos… DEFINITELY! If you love fluff, ABSOLUTELY!

Would I reread this book? I most certainly will.

`A Quiet Kind Of Thunder is a gem!


The Cover – 5 stars: Matches perfectly with the story. Pink and hearts with gold highlights.

The Story – 5 stars: I have absolutely nothing to complain about other than it took me a bit to fully get into the story. But that didn´t bother me. It´s a love story. I love love stories.

The Characters – 5 stars: Perfectly flawed. Imperfection at it´s finest.

My emotional state after finishing this read: I might never shut up about this book.

5 stars


 

Get your copy of `A Quiet Kind Of Thunder`here.

Book Review: Angelfall – Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


My Thoughts 2

Well, this book was certainly a positive surprise. Sheesh. Who would have thought that a simple book could be so mentally exhausting.

I feel like I´ve run a week-long marathon and now need like a month to recover… just because of this book.

I´m so flustered I have no idea how to sort out my thoughts.  `Angelfall`by Susan Ee knocked the wind out of my sails. Angelfall

Maybe we should begin with my first thought: This is huge. Not the book itself because it´s only 288 pages thin, but you can tell by book #1 that this story is going places ( namely, in the trilogy direction ) Because there´s so much to tell. So much that has to continue.

It´s an adventure that needs to spread it´s wings ( see what I did there? *wink* )

Yes. This is an older book. And yes, I don´t care about that because the publication date has nothing to do with the story.

The story, yes ( I got sidetracked for a second there )

In a town infested with Angels we find a young girl fighting for survival and trying to find her sister, who´s been abducted by… ( Yeah, find that out yourself ) and turns to the only being who she thinks can help her-  Raffe… the angel. ( He´s not THE angel. He is for me, though )

And after that it´s all BOOM and BANG and more BOOM. Not a moment of boredom popped up.  There was so much going on and I had little time to catch my breath.

And the best part? The story was so well thought through and cleverly executed. I don´t want to know how long the author needed to set the plot and draw out the specifics. It feels like she needed years because nothing was left out.

The story was so great that I ditched my zombie apocalypse preparations and started mentally preparing myself for an angel apocalypse ( because you always have to be prepared ).

As for the characters:

We meet a young girl who was forced to mature fast due to her family situation. Penryn is tough, brave and bold and so… committed. She´s a great role model for readers of all ages. And the way our young protagonist goes about the world and her situation is fantabulous.

Raffe is… an angel ( no pun intended ). He´s literally an angel. A broken one at that. Aside from his stunning appearance his positive traits stink to high heaven ( I´m on a roll tonight, aren´t I? ) He´s kind, compassionate but also slightly mysterious. Shit… He´s just a great character. And from now on I´m going to compare Raffee´s character to every other book angel.

Now, with all the action and excitement going on in this book ( trust me, there´s plenty ) there´s still a romance. It´s faint but it´s there. And it´s just grand because for once (!!!) an author decided to focus on a story instead of turning a story into a sappy romance ( * giving stinky evil eye * yes, I´m looking at you, A Court Of Thorns And Roses ). Y´all know by now that I do love me some great romance but when there´s a lot at stake you don´t need to focus on love. You need to focus on not getting your ass grilled.

FYI: Brutal cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, especially this one. It means I have to buy the next book or else I´ll be in a pissy mood.

I´m just happy. Be happy for me that I´ve finally found some happiness with a read. It´s been so long * insert dramatic cry*


Would I recommend this read? Yes. It´s a young adult that doesn´t feel like one. It´s a survival story with a hint of romance that has great characters. And angels. Well, it has Raffe. And I´m his new cheerleader. Just buy the damn book. And buy the others as well.

Would I reread this book? Yes!


 

The Cover – ? :  I´m not really sure what to think of the cover. At first glance it looks pretty. But if you take a closer look the wings look cheap and the wood wall confuses the flippin´ foo foo out of me. That tagline, though. OOOOOOOH, Imma loving that.

The Story – 5 Stars: Because it´s just one of those epic stories.

The Characters – 5 Stars: Yes. The angel got to me. Everyone else was great.

My emotional state after finishing this read: My heart… It´s all over the place.

5 stars

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